Senate debates

Monday, 4 December 2017

Questions without Notice

Schools

2:41 pm

Photo of Simon BirminghamSimon Birmingham (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Education and Training) Share this | Hansard source

Having more funding is good, and ensuring that it's delivered according to need is important, but what you do with it is what matters most: ensuring that students get the quality educational experience that they deserve—that every student has the opportunity to succeed. As a government, we've already proudly delivered on reforms to initial teacher education, initiatives to try to lift the uptake of foreign languages, to support basic literacy and numeracy skills, and to develop and enhance students in the STEM disciplines—the rich and complex areas that are critical to people's future employment prospects. So, across the board, we've pursued initiatives to date, but we will build on those, particularly with the work that David Gonski has done and that the current review to achieve educational excellence in Australian schools is undertaking. We will make sure that every dollar delivers the best possible outcomes for Australian students, because that's what they deserve to get the best start in their lives.

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